How To Report a Spotted Lanternfly to the NJDA

Spotted LanternflyThe spotted lanternfly is a serious invasive pest that feeds on sap from over 70 different plant species. It excretes honeydew while feeding, which results in mold covering the plant and anything nearby. While spotted lanternflies do not directly hurt humans or animals, they can negatively impact our agriculture, economy, and everyday life.  

According to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), Monmouth County is in the "spotted lanternfly quarantine zone". Beginning in July, many spotted lanternfly nymphs enter their final developmental stage before they reach adulthood when they can fly and lay eggs. In this stage, they become bright red and covered in black stripes and white spots. Adult spotted lanternflies also begin to appear in July. 

If you see a spotted lanternfly, take a photo of it and report it to the NJDA or call 833-4BADBUG (833-422-3284). The NJDA is urging anyone who comes across the insect to report and destroy it immediately to help slow the spread. The Middletown Health Department also encourages residents to utilize the NJDA's checklist for spotted lanternfly quarantine areas, in an effort to stop the spread.  

For more information about the spotted lanternfly, visit the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's website. For additional resources from the NJDA about the invasive bug and how to help control the spread, visit the NJDA's Homeowner Resources

Beware of Spotted Lanternflies' Egg Masses

Spotted Lanternflies begin laying their eggs in September. If you see an egg mass (pictured below), please scrape it off and destroy it immediately.

Spotted Lanternfly eggs

Spotted Lanternfly Stages of Life

Spotted Lanternfly stages of life